This Rugged Leather farming guide is made to help you farm Rugged Leather. I decided to search for places with a high density of mobs which I can skin and drop Rugged Leather. I traveled around Azeroth, and after a while, I made a list of places.
The recommended skinning skill for farming Rugged Leather is around 280. If you farm at these places with lower Skinning skill, you will get a lot of lower-tier Leather until you reach 280.
Before you go anywhere, clear your bags first. That’s because for skinning the animals, you need to loot them first. This means you will gather a lot of junk stuff filling your bags.
Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj
The entrance to Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj can be found at Silithus. (exact location here)
This is a level 60 raid instance, so only level 80+ players can farm here. You can probably solo it at lower levels too, but I haven't tested it since I don't have a character at that level, and if you kill the mobs too slowly it's not really worth to farm here.
It takes about 2-3 minutes to clear the first two rooms and you will get around 60-80 Rugged Leather.
After you cleared the instance, run out, then you have to reset it by right-clicking over your own portrait, and then click the "Reset Instance" button. This restarts the whole instance, and all mobs will be back. You can only do 10 instance runs in an hour, so you will get around 700 leathers in 20-30 minutes.
Don't kill Kurinnax! You can't reset the trash mobs if you kill the boss.
There are two other rooms where you can get Rugged Leather, but it's only worth going there if you need more than 700 Leather, since you will hit the 10 instances / hour limit with clearing only the first two rooms. I marked the two other rooms with yellow lines. Don't kill any bosses!
If the mobs drop no leather when you skin them, try going to Shattrath and learn Outland skinning from Seymour. This is a known bug, and for some reason, learning Outland skinning seems to fix it for most people.
NOTE: If you are level 90, half of this area will be phased, and there will be a bunch of level 90 mobs there instead of the beasts. But, if you talk to Zidormi, she will allow you to switch between phased/low-level and Warlords/level-90+ versions of the Blasted Lands. (if you open the map, she will be marked with a white text bubble at north)
Ice Thistle Yetis in Winterspring have about only 60% chance to drop Rugged Leather when skinned, so you will also get a lot Thick Leather. This drop rate is lower than the drop rate in Blasted Lands, however these mobs are a lot closer to each other and there is a lot of them, which makes this a great place to farm Rugged Leather. There is a cave at this spot, you should go and farm inside the cave
These are my favorite places for Rugged Leather farming. Contact me if you have other great farming spots!
Visit my Knothide Leather farming page when you have enough Rugged Leather!